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Flying Dog Road Dog Porter

Continuing my tour of Flying Dog Brewery beers with their Road Dog Porter. road porter Nice dark mahogany color, with a creamy brown head.  Nice malty aroma.  Has a good malty flavor as well, with a hint of coffee.  Finishes with a touch of bitterness.  This struck me as a bit lighter than some other porters I have tasted but it was right up my alley.  I would definitely say this was my favorite out of the ones I have tasted so far.  At 6 % it is half a percent higher in alcohol than the others that I have tasted.

In case you are not keeping score here are the others:

Old Scratch Amber Lager; Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale


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Flying Dog Old Scratch Amber Lager

Continuing in my series of Flying Dog Brewery beer tastings.  First of all let me state that lager is generally my least favorite beer style.  Probably because so many lagers are really pale and insipid wastes of caloric intake.  I really tend to be much more of an ale guy.  So with that in mind and trying to push aside my prejudice I uncapped some Old Scratch Amber Lager.  Like the name implies it has a nice amber color (duh!).  In fact it’s remarkably similar in color to the Classic Pale Ale.  Thats where the similaritites end.  It had a hint of malty sweetness on the nose.  A little heavier than the typical lager it had a good malty flavor with a touch of toasted, bready sweetness on the finish.  Very mild hops and almost no bitterness.   I have to say I really liked this one.  Much better than 99% of the lagers out there. A very fun  beer.

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Flying Dog Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale

beer-dog-bottleFirst on my list of Flying Dog beers is the Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale.  It lives up to its name:  it certainly is a classic pale ale.  More on the American Pale Ale side than an English one though.  Has a nice amber-copper color.  It is super crisp with a ton of hops and a little hint of orange and the piney hoppiness at the end.  Solid but didn’t knock my socks off.  Would be nice outside on a hot day.5.5% Alcohol.

All beers in this series were tasted from bottles, not draught, at fridge temperature and poured into pint glasses before tasting.

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Flying Dog Brewery

flyingdoglbreweryA few years ago Flying Dog Brewery came to town.  Originally a small brewpub in Aspen, Colorado it morphed into a brewery in Denver.  In 2006 they bought the old Frederick Brewing Company and since January 2008 all of their production has been made right here in Frederick.  As you know I’m a big fan of local stuff and I have enjoyed their beverages from time to time.  Well I was pleased to see that at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival (which is the Superbowl of Beer) held at the end of September in Denver, Colorado, besides giving them a bunch of medals for individual beers, named them the Mid-Size Brewery of the Year. 

So in light of that I decided to go back and taste a few of their brews.  I will post my impressions here over the next few posts.

UPDATE:  Reviews of Old Scratch Amber Lager; Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale; Road Dog Porter

 PS they have tours every saturday.  It has been on my to do list for quite some time.  Has anybody gone?


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